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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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BA SCORE
71
okay

3,281 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 3281
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled before and most recent on 9/6/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimed glass. glass. Comes in a 11.2 ounce cool green bottle with a foil top that covers the crown even. Pours a straw yellow with a thick white head that hangs around awhile with decent lacing. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising the whole time until the end. The aroma was better than the last bottle I sampled. Maybe fresher? The aroma is still on the 'skunky' side with some grains. The taste was some sweet grass and hops. Slightly better than the last time I tried it but that was probably because of the cool Stella glass I bought. LOL! Maybe better on draught? Never had it that way.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:58:27 | More by BeerWithMike
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bobby_durrett

Arizona

4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice slighly yellow large head. Attractive light yellow color with some small bubbles.

S - Slight lemony smell (or is it the color?).

T - I like the taste. Probably my favorite lager. Some sort of grainy taste or smell - maybe wheat toast? Hint of bitterness but not overpowering.

M - bubbly but not too much. Not too biting. Seems light like I could drink another one.

O - I've been mainly tasting the various ales and craft brewer beer since I've mainly drank lagers in the past. But, of the lagers I've been tasting I think this is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:42:30 | More by bobby_durrett
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emerge077

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

BBD 03.2014

Thanks Botham for the post-party freebies... this is one i'd never buy.
Are people really that gullible that "expensive = good" when it comes to ABInbev swill?

Pale gold, racing carbonation, puffy head of white foam that falls away after a couple minutes. Lots of lacing in the glass, skim breaks apart before the first sip.

Smells skunky due to the green bottle, and little else.

Tastes like nothing, water with a little skunky hop bitterness. Seriously, this has no taste. Biting carbonation, slightly crisp, yet utterly bland and forgettable. Don't let it warm up, because it starts to taste like hot garbage at room temperature.

A shame to call this beer Belgian. Insipid and numbingly dull, Stella is the antithesis of authentic Belgian brewing tradition.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:10:28 | More by emerge077
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Beerwolf666

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really Like this Beer,it is a very smooth,Crisp Lager with a rather large drinkability factor..in other words these babies slide down super fast! I would say if you like "Heineken" you will like "Stella Artois"..because they pretty much taste almost Identical,and I am a big fan of both,a Fantastic beer for summer cookouts,backyard BBQ's/partys,or when you just want an Ice cold Beer for a thirst quencher,Gr8 session Beer,will not wiegh you down,a very decent mass produced Macro Euro lager IMHO~Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:50:40 | More by Beerwolf666
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jimiboi

Australia

1.5/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yellow amber clear look, smells ghastly, tastes malty and grainy with not much body. Tangy aftertaste and average mouthfeel. Below average drink on my opinion, therefore only opt in if no other options available. Definitely drinkable, bit otherwise insipid at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 11:17:50 | More by jimiboi
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dowen17

Alabama

3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Didn't have a glass to pour it in because I was just drinking by the pool straight from the bottle. I rated the appearance off of how nice the bottle looks.

S: Sweet smell on the nose with a definite skunk. Some bitterness comes through from the hops and there's also a slight lemon-y scent as well.

T: Sweet with some grassy notes from the hops. Skunky when you swallow and on the aftertaste.

M: Again not a ton going on. Not much carbonation. Very smooth going down.

Overall it's a good beer. Very easy to drink. Would be good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:28:10 | More by dowen17
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BeerBateo

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

See: Poured into my mug, this beer looks as pretty as its name. Golden with minimal bubbles/ 2 1/2 inch fine white head/bit of lace. A thin top layer & edge survives the whole trip down.

Smell: Pleasant~has a hint of sweet lemon like in a lemon meringue pie.

Taste: Very smooth at first, then a gradual building bitter bite at the end. Not too overpowering, though.

Feel: Bitterness stays, but its ok. Now my mouth wants fish and chips.

Blanket: This is very burpy beer & I feel bloated out. Wouldn't want to be drinking this on the beach, iykwim.

AKA: Stella Belly (not as pretty)

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 00:38:04 | More by BeerBateo
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden Urine Color. One finger head fades quickly.

S: Sweet honey smell. Grainy.

T: Lacks depth. Grainy sweet taste followed by nothing.

M: Feels like water in your mouth carbonation is very light.

O: Overall, this is an average beer. College kids think it's classy but it's really not all that great. I wish it had more depth. It goes down too much like water. Belgian people probably think of this as the Busch light of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:09:07 | More by Ryan_Graham
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punky796

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear yellow, with a small head on the thinner side in consistency. Some lacing stays, but not a lot.

S - Mostly some light hops and malts, young grass, hay/straw. Not terrible.

T - Grassy, a little more malt than hops, and bitter in kind of a good way. Refreshing, especially if it's really cold.

M - Dry, thin, light, and smooth. Not too offensive with medium-high carbonation. Again, better if it's really cold.

O - Pretty decent stuff overall, one of those beers that will make you think of European/Munich styles immediatey, obviously. It's the corporate Hofbrau.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 02:08:23 | More by punky796
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dheacck11

Connecticut

2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Arrived in my fridge from afar...it's been a long time.

Pour is a little wimpy looking. Pale straw yellow , totally clear. scant fizzy white head.

Nose is kinda nice. Decent notes of straw and hay, nice malt, a little lemon. nice.

Taste is not so nice. Little bit of lemon and sweet, followed by an overwhelming boggy mucky skunkiness that just lingers. The malt component is just almost non existent. Finish is strikingly sharp and acrid.

Feel is rather thin, but not quite watery like many mass market lagers.

Sigh. I guess it's good to reflect back on life before craft beer. it was long ago, and I was so much more naive then. Certainly, there is worse out there. But there is sooo much better too. Glad I had a Sucks first.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 23:54:39 | More by dheacck11
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Schuttna221

New York

4.35/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy a nice ice cold Stell Artois especially on a hot day. Its smooth, delicious and I recommend it to others all the time because of the fact that it is a good tasting beer and the Cidre from Stella Artois is just as good. I got a 4 pack of Stella Artois Cidre for my birthday and I really enjoyed drinking them and sharing one with my fiancee. She is not a real big fan of beer but she enjoys Stella Artois just as much as I do.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 13:51:59 | More by Schuttna221
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da_beers

Florida

3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bored to tears are at Tampa intl airport and the Beer list is dreadful. Special is dollar off Stella's so here we go.

A - clean light straw with no head to speak of. Decent lacing. Budlight kinda look

S - crisp and tart. Has a bit of a zest. Nothing jumps out at the nose.

T - has a nice crisp bite. As far as draughts at a run of the mill place, you can't go too wrong with a Stella. A little citrus hidden in there. Hard to believe this was originally a holiday beer... I think stouts and porters for Christmas!

M - light body that finishes clean. No aftertaste. Just simple and clean

O - overall it is what it is. It's a great beer when nothing else is available.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 01:00:38 | More by da_beers
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw-gold; clear; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Floral, grassy; slight honey; malty; some citrus

Taste: Juicy malt; herbal, grassy flavor; slightly bitter finish; not bad overall; pretty refreshing

Remarks: Not a bad summer day brew; nothing spectacular, but not too bad

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:53:17 | More by IchLiebeBier
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mcb1987

Georgia

4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's not much not to like about Stella Artois.

A: A very thin head with little carbonation going on.

S: Very settle, a small about of malts can be detected.

T: A very mild taste, you almost forget its beer.

M: Very smooth!!!

O: This is one of those beers you get for someone that doesn't like the taste of beer. Very mild but very good.

Must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:13:09 | More by mcb1987
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blindnil

Oregon

2.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured into flute.

A-Pale with light head. Best aspect of the beer.

S-Like I ran over a skunk and then covered it with rotten flowers and grass clippings.

T-Thin, slight bitterness and skunk that fades into adjunct territory.

MF-Thin with a slight noble hop slickness that coats the palette and leaves it skunked.

Overall- There's a reason why Belgians don't drink Stella Artois lager in Belgium and prefer to drink Maes Pils or Jupiler. The latter two are only slightly better than the former.

Save your money unless its free and you're at the pool, beach or playing golf. Its better out of the bottle because that skunk aroma stays where it belongs and not in your nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:51:14 | More by blindnil
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God this beer is so good. It's a crisp, refreshing lager and can be drank like water. Flavor is all there, appearance, taste and mouthfeel are all accurate, but the smell could be improved. I've had many in my ife but this one is the one I will review. It has never disappointed me in the bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 07:01:07 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: gold yellow, with with head, that vanish in seconds.

S: Some malts very weak, almost imperceptibly.

T:To drink Stella Artois is like to drink another belgian beers, but with a lot of water in it. It is better than most macro-brewery beers, but isn't great. A little above the average beer nothing more than this.

M: A little bitterness, some malts, but nothing remarkable.

O: Another beer to serving in low temperatures without much flavour, still better than the common American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:43:56 | More by RaphaelSC
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keith_wayne

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into a regular pint glass

A: pour a nicegold/yellow color with a good 3 finger head. Lacing was excellent.

S: light yeasty bread notes, and skunk. Lots of skunk.

T: some bread, yeast and floral notes. Some of the skunk is coming through, but not overpowering. Not much taste overall

O: Looked great when I poured but smells like skunk. Not a lot of taste.

Don't plan on trying again. The store i buy from is very good so I don't think this was a bad bottle. It reminds me of the average large scale generic Euro or US beers. I don't understand why any beer is in clear or green bottles. Are those bottles cheaper to make? Considering the price, I'll take a PBR or Miller Lite over this.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 01:06:49 | More by keith_wayne
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- It poured a light gold color with a billowy white head, 2-plus finger. The three pours that I base this review on all left plenty of lacing on the glass, and all had lively carbonation. Clean and clear, nice looking pours.

S-Some grass, yeast, and very light note of fruit. Skunkiness and litter box odor dominate this beer's aroma.

T-Bready, yeast, some light fruitiness, some adjunct. Not much flavor.

M- Light bodied with a dry finish and unpleasant aftertaste. It's crisp and refreshing in an odd manner, so 3.25.

O-Euro Adjunct Lager? Belgian imposter? It looked good then went downhill - fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 10:35:01 | More by NiceTaps
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spoony

Colorado

3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 330 ml bottle (best before February 2014) into a globe.

A-This brew is light and mostly yellow in color. There is some carbonation visible, but it is otherwise clear. The head is clean and white. The foam drops from a finger to a thick ring pretty quickly.

S-The smell is a surprisingly strong, but simple, thing. I detect a vague, fruity sweetness, some skunk, some grass, and a touch of butter.

T-The taste is simple and non-offensive. There is some pale malty fruit up front, a corn-like mid-palate, and a slightly grassy, spicy hop note on the finish. This won't be winning any taste contest, but for the style, it fits the bill.

M-This beer is surprisingly heavy feeling and lacking in carbonation. It is a touch watery, but not effervescent like I would have thought.

O-Sure, Stella is the poster child for deceptive "Belgian" marketing, but for a pale, macro lager, one could do worse. I was pleasantly surprised by the aroma, which is intense (all things being relative). If you are looking for a brew to throw down on the golf course or while lounging pool-side on a hot summer day, this might be an option.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:29:25 | More by spoony
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CBurtonHannum

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably the best of the on tap Belgian lagers. No surprises either way, but even poor Canadian lagers kill this beer. A bit pricey for what your getting and if there's a choice, I'd pick Dos Equis Amber over The pale girl.
I found it more popular the farther south I traveled and if served ice cold is very refreshing on a hot summer's day.
Frankly, this beer isn't worth any more than one hundred words.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 20:58:20 | More by CBurtonHannum
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer multiple times in my life, usually from the bottle. I usually order it when the choices are fairly slim. This review is from a draft pour as I feel reviewing out of the bottle can be problematic given that it is a green bottle. Perhaps that alone calls for major negatives, but I try to be unbiased.

Pours a deep golden color a little like mildly tarnished gold jewelry. There is a pile of thick frothy head on the top and leaves delicate lacing to the glass. Both the head and the lacing is quick to dissipate. There is lots of good light penetration and just the ever-so-slight chill haze to it. This is the best attribute of the beer. The nose, however, is just average. There is sweet corn smell to it, processed white bread smell reminiscent to when I lived next to the Merita bread factory in downtown Birmingham. I'm not sure if they actually use corn adjunts, but I definitely get that whiff. There is the ever so slight smell of a spicy or herbal hop to the beer that comes and goes. The sulfur smell is slightly more prominent than I would like, and borders on skunkiness, but not quite. Just when I think it smells skunky, it goes away. The taste, like the smell, is just average, but the sulfur notes are much less prominent. The white bread dominates with a tight acerbic bite from the carbonation. Hops are very subdued and slightly spicy; I would assume they are of Noble origin. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, carbonated and rather refreshing overall, like a premium lager should be. Overall, this beer is average. On tap it is a fairly good lager when the options are limited, but it certainly isn't a world-class lager.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 14:44:12 | More by estlinska
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wedge

North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before End: 07/12/13

Clear yellow with a compact, frothy white head. Dusty grain, a little corn, and some grass. Flavors of fairly clean graininess, light sweetness, and mild floral notes. Bland and harmless...no off flavors like many macros. Crisp and well-carbonated. Refreshing, poundable, and instantly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:57:20 | More by wedge
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cjnuxoll

California

4.65/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another light, crisp refreshing beer. one thing i hate about stella is the 11 oz bottles, so when you buy a case you spend more for the import and are already two beers light. that rant out of the way, stella is smooth with that hint of burnt after flavor that reminds you it's an import. there's a reason why this is one of the most popular beers in the world - good, smooth-drinking flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 03:26:48 | More by cjnuxoll
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from an 11.2 fl.oz. bottle
Best before end: 03.2013
Served in a pilsner glass
Thanks to my dad for this single.

A tight, creamy, three-finger, bright white crop of foam topped the crystal clear, pale, golden beverage. Good lasting strength on the head. An attractive, steady stream of bubbles ascended the liquid. Sheets of sticky lacing coated the upper few inches of the glass, but the lacing disappeared rather quickly.

The nose was super skunky initially. Grainy and husky. Strong sulfur notes. Overall, really unpleasant. As the beer opened up, the skunky notes mellowed a bit and a slight sweetness appeared. A touch honey-like.

The flavor profile was far more tolerable than the nose. Pale malts came through on the front end. Grainy. Semi-crisp and bright. Subtle sulfur notes. The beer turned slightly tart on the back end and the finish. Lemon notes were detectible. Some mild, noble hops came through as well.

Decent mouthfeel. The liquid was medium bodied with a crisp yet mellow, finely bubbled effervescence.

I understand why hipsters have adopted PBR as their beer of choice, but why some have moved to Stella is beyond me. Stella's marketing campaigns are corny and their beer is usually a light struck, skunky mess. They are truly the bane of the Belgian beer world.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:13:23 | More by Damian
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